We live in a rented house and have been here for about 2.5 years. Since we moved in we have occasionally seen a cat in our front garden. It's very timid and looks mangy like a stray. The last few months we have seen it more regularly.
Our front garden has some large bushes and the cat seems to like hanging out in there a lot. One of the neighbours who is an animal lover approached me when I was out the front about 3 weeks ago to ask if I minded if she put some food in the bushes for the cat. I said I didn't mind.
Fast forward to now and our front yard reeks of cat faeces. You can smell it strongly when you walk up the front stairs, so any visitor that comes to the front door will smell it. Seems like the cat is living in there almost full time.
We have no pets ourselves and our rental property forbids them. I am currently waiting on the real estate to get back to me regarding trimming the bushes (we are supposed to have garden maintenance included in the rent), which might make things less cat-friendly.
Bottom line is - I don't want this to continue. If it wasn't for the stench I wouldn't mind, but it's hardly something I should be faced with when I choose not to own animals myself.
What would you do? Note that I'm not 100% sure which house the animal loving neighbour lives in, so I would have to knock on a few doors to find her.
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27-02-2016 13:25 #1
WWYD? Cat 'living' in garden
27-02-2016 13:29 #2
Honestly now you've fed the cat you're going to be fighting a battle. We had a cat that used to wander and one of our old neighbours started feeding it. I begged them not to as I wanted the cat to stop straying (this was nearly 20 years ago and people were more tolerant of roaming animals) but they did anyway. Lo and behold until we actually moved we didn't see our cat.
If you want to take photos and put them on signs up and down your street asking for the owner to come and get their cat.
Or you'll have to take it to a shelter and hope it's microchipped.
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27-02-2016 13:41 #3
Moth balls! Throw them everywhere! They hate it!
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27-02-2016 13:42 #4
Call your local council animal mgmt centre. They usually have procedures for strays or can provide you with a trap so that the cat can be removed.
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27-02-2016 13:57 #5
If the cat is very timid it will more than likely be killed. We made the mistake of taking a stray to the RSPCA a few years ago and within a few days they had disposed of it
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27-02-2016 14:15 #6
27-02-2016 14:30 #7
Look up a "No kill" cat rescue organization in your local area and give them a call, hopefully they can nurse it back to health and re home it.
27-02-2016 15:38 #8
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27-02-2016 17:33 #9
29-02-2016 17:27 #10
I think for now I'm going to work on deterrents. I need to find the neighbour and ask her to stop putting food out for it. I need to let the real estate know that we need the bushes trimmed ASAP. I made a lemon & eucalyptus spray and sprayed the mulch (apparently cats hate citrus and essential oils).
There is crap EVERYWHERE and it's truly disgusting
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